Overnight: 3* Centro by Casa Andina, Miraflores, Lima
3 HOURS (8K) 5 miles,
Our trip starts from Cusco. We leave for Cachora (the main town of the area) at around 8 am for lunchtime and stock up on snacks for the trek ahead. Then continue 30 minutes more by road to Capiliyoc to meet with the main trail around 2 pm.
We then have around 3 hours of downhill with some nice viewpoints of the Canyon and surrounding glaciers along the way, before arriving at Chiquisca (a small oasis with fruit trees), for our first night's rest.
Here we will meet our hosts, Roco and his partner Gimena, who will cook for us a nice dinner.
Rooms are simple and basic.
Their on-site facilities also offer a small shop, cold/hot showers, and basic wifi (until 8 or 9) depending on the charges of the Solar panels.
5-6 HOURS (9.5K) 6 miles,
After we have been served breakfast we pack and head further down into the Apurimac canyon no later than 8am. This way we can remain in the shade before the sun is out in full force.
Our first stage is a trek of around 1 hour down on switch-bags to the pedestrian bridge at Playa Rosalina. Here we reach the very bottom of the Canyon, and our lowest point of the trek.
Today, we should be taking snacks with us instead of a cooked lunch. This way, we eat light and trek without a heavy stomach. Ideally we should take plenty of energy bars, cookies, fruits and a sandwich or two to keep us going until the final stop.
We will then continue from the bridge for around 4.5-5 hours uphill on zig-zag pathway. This trail is fairly steep and we should account for lots of stops to recuperate along the way.
About 1.5-2 hours we meet the midway point at Santa Rosa Baja 1962m (a small campsite with a shop to buy Basic snacks or drinks) and then another 45 minutes-1 hour after at Santa Rosa Alta 2200m (abandoned campsite). From here we have around 2 more hours to trek to Marampata. This will be the hardest part of the day but we should be at the top by around 3pm. Here, we can rest take a shower and enjoy the views.
We will stay at the simple lodges with panoramic views called ‘Mama Panchita’
Dinner can be taken early as we can take an early sleep and be ready for the next mornings early start.
Today we begin with a simple breakfast (pancakes or eggs) and trek out to the Choqueqirao Archeological site. To get there we have an undulating trail of ups and downs but different from the previous days.
It ranges between 2750-3050m.
We can leave any time between 7 and 9am. We will therefore get there between 8.30 and 10,30am, as it will take 1.5 hours more or less, to arrive to the main area of the ruins.
When we get to the entrance we then take time to visit the main sectors and a guide will be with us to explain the main parts of the ruins.. The path is very steep and not for the faint-hearted or those with issues with high drops however It is worth the effort.
We should have plenty of time to explore and take our picnic lunch during our time there.
Afterwards in the afternoon, we can return back to our camp at Marampata where we will be served dinner.
We stay once again at Marampata where we were on the previous night.
8-8.5 HOURS (20K) 12.5 miles,
Today we begin with an early simple breakfast (pancakes or eggs) and trek back down to the river Apurimac at about 7am which would take us around 3 hours to get back to the bridge at Playas Rosalinas.
From the bridge it should take us another 1 hour and 15 or 30 minutes to get back to Chiquisca, where we will have lunch.
If we don’t continue after lunch, we can rest here for one night but still have the rest to do the next day!!
We start after again around 2pm when it is starting to cool down and hike the final ascent of 3.5 hours up and out of the Canyon to Capiliyoc.
Here we have cute mountain huts to sleep in, as well as options for wifi, some interesting games and also hot showers.
The drive takes 4 hours directly + extra time for some stops, after the journey, we have a very nice included lunch when we get to town. Some time to relax and enjoy our surroundings.
We then have a very scenic train ride at 4.36 to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) where we will arrive by 6.15pm.
OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION: Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu town 3* e.g Sacred Stone Boutique
Upon arrival to the station we will take a 25 minute bus ride to the entry gate and enjoy a 2 hour guided tour of the main citadel before the option of heading up Huayna Picchu Mountain ($25 USD extra) which takes about 1.5 hours (or less).
We will then head back down the same way to town and have time for lunch (not included). After that we will be taking a mid-afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo which takes around 1.5 hours and another 1 hour 45 minute drive to Pisac where we will arrive around 6.30pm in the evening.
On the final part of today we will be transported along the Sacred Valley to our accommodation back in Cusco for our final evening.
Pisac 3* - Royal Inka
Overnight 3* Cusco
From Pucallpa airport we shall be picked up by the hotel (just 10 minutes away) where we can then relax for the rest of the day, also we can use the outdoor pool facilities.
Overnight 4* Manish, Pucallpa
Jeep/boat transfer to Sanctuario Huistin retreat
Santuario healing retreat Day 1: Ceremony #1
After breakfast, we continue by Jeep for 2.5 hours to meet our boat on the river Pachitea at a port in the small town of Honoria.
Once on the boat we then travel further 30 minutes to the point where we head on foot to our refuge for the next 5 nights which is around 40 minutes further to walk.
In the evening we start the ceremony at around 7 or 8pm and will last into the night.
Accommodation at the retreat in simple basic rooms and all meals.
On the ceremony days only breakfast and lunch will be served, on non-ceremony days breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.
Expect meals to be basic and nutritious as part of the diet and preparation for the Ayahuasca plant medicine.
This second rest day is following the schedule indicated by the retreat, there will be no ceremonies given by the Shaman today but there is the opportunity to visit the surrounding area and experience the local nature and wildlife that exists there.
Today we will have the third and final ceremony at around the same time as night one and three.
Return from the retreat to Pucallpa overnight at Manish hotel
We take the entire morning to relax, and begin our return after lunch with a 40 minute walk back to the river with the boat awaiting us. Then travel on the motor-boat 30 minutes to the nearest port. From there a full 2 hours back to the hotel by jeep.
Overnight 4* Manish, Pucallpa
Return to the airport and fly to Lima for one final night.
Transport will take us back to the airport of Pucallpa in 10 minutes and we fly around 4.15pm to Lima then connect into Miraflores for one final night.
Accommodation: Hotel 3* Centro, Miraflores
Return to the airport to catch your international flight at any time.
After breakfast, you will have an included transfer to Lima airport in time for your international flight.